Northern Kentucky Chamber Applauds Approval of Free Trade Agreements

October 14, 2011 at 8:18 am

FT. MITCHELL, Thursday, October 13, 2011 – The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce welcomes the approval by the House and Senate of the U.S. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. This concerted effort will ensure that the United States continues to gain access to world markets and because Northern Kentucky represents twenty-five percent of Kentucky’s foreign trade, the newly approved FTAs have the potential to positively impact local commerce and employment.

“We are pleased to witness a bipartisan support for trade by Congress,” states Daniele Longo, VP Business Growth, Healthcare Solutions and International Affairs at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “These agreements will open new strategic markets for more exports from Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati region, supporting jobs and generating tax revenues for our communities.”

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and a broad-based coalition of supporters have been urging congressional consideration of these agreements for several years. The U.S. International Trade Commission reports that these agreements could increase U.S. exports by at least $13 billion and U.S. GDP by at least $10 billion. The USITC estimates that these agreements are expected to create a total of 250,000 new American jobs.

“We applaud the efforts of the Greater Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati regional congressional delegation for their support of the FTA’s,” said Brent Cooper, Chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber’s Board. “Their support is much appreciated by local businesses and will further enhance our region’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.”

“This Chamber has always been proactive in educating and helping its members and communities on the advantages the new global economy brings,” said Steve Stevens, President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “As a matter of fact, last year we hosted ten foreign delegations including the Ambassadors and trade officers of Panama and South Korea and we hope that our efforts to build relationships with these dignitaries will strengthen potential trade opportunities for our region in the near future.”

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Entry filed under: Colombia, Free Trade Agreements, Korea, Northern Kentucky, Panama, United States, US-Korea, US-Panama.

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